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'Augusta' stays in consolidated university's name

12:33 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta's, new consolidated university will bear the name of the city after all.

Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz and two members of a local campaign to retain the city in the new school's name announced Thursday that "Georgia Regents University Augusta" will be the brand name used in all official logo and marketing efforts.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted last summer to consolidate Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University beginning next year.

An uproar ensued in the community when the board chose "Georgia Regents University" as the new school's name, omitting mention of Augusta.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that enables us to prominently incorporate 'Augusta' in the official logo and branding of our new university," said Azziz, who will head the consolidated university. "The agreement allows us to highlight the importance of the city in our academic, clinical, research and athletic programs, while ensuring the people of Georgia recognize our statewide role."

The new university will enroll nearly 10,000 students on a campus of more than 650 acres.

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